We dogsat for some friends over the weekend and while our cats were less than impressed, the kids (and John and I) really had a good time with Sandy. He's a young chocolate lab/springer spaniel/all-American mix that our friends got from a family who had not paid much attention to him. He was well-fed and healthy, but he had lived outside in a pen all of his life. He's affectionate, sweet, gentle and very eager to please, but, as his owners put it, he doesn't speak much English.
We reminded Jonah of this as he was trying, rather ineffectually, to get Sandy to settle down some after they had been playing. Resourceful child that he is, Jonah immediately tried "Ça suffit, Sandy!" Turns out the dog doesn't speak much French either.